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Is that Kamina? Nope. That's a mecha the size of 53% of the observable universe!
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann normally has at least one of these an episode, sometimes more. And if they ever don't, it just means they're taking a run up for the next episode. Better pack a lunch buddy, you'll be here for a while.

The Anime

Episode 1-8
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  • The prologue. Despite it possibly being an AU scene where the Spiral Nemesis takes place and Simon and the others wage war on "every single star in the sky" the pure awesome of it sets the tone for the rest of the series.
  • The arrival of Team Dai-Gurren in episode seven, kicked off by Kittan's Dynamic Entry just in the nick of time, followed suit by Dayakka's unloading a whole can of dakka on the Dai-Gunzan, culminated by the appearance of the rest of Littner Village, all in mechas of various and epic forms, with Kittan stating that they got their inspiration, or the "stupid virus", from none other than Kamina. Then it gets capped by an erupting volcano in the background to communicate this entire scene's awesomeness.
  • Kamina's introduction, followed rapidly by him picking a fight with a giant robot, on foot, with only a katana.
    • Kamina's intro might not be so much a Moment of Awesome, but a "Hey, he's a pretty cool guy", though Yoko's introduction definitely counts.
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    • Word of God states that he would have won, if Yoko hadn't interfered. That's right. Kamina, an over-the-top hot-blooded badass with a katana, would've defeated a humongous mecha, though it could kill him with ease.
  • Kamina's greatest feat is also his least violent. With pure sincerity and unconditional love, he inspires Simon, all heroes, all would-be heroes, anyone who has ever felt afraid or uncertain to do what was right, with the words they always need to hear.
  • Lagann breaking through to the surface. The fact that the song that plays during the ascent is the same tune that plays during the below-mentioned Giga Drill Break should give you a clue.
  • Viral delivering two No Holds Barred Beatdowns against Kamina in the same episode, quickly topped by the first union of Gurren and Lagann, which involved stealing Viral's helmet.
  • WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!
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    • HANDS OFF MY BELOVED LITTLE BROTHER PUUUUUUUUUUNCH!!!
      • Followed by yet another Moment of Awesome: Gurren throws Lagann, the two enemy Gunmen dodge, Lagann drills through a cliff, turns around and bursts out again, without any loss of speed, and proceeds to blow up the other two Gunmen in one hit.
      • Also counts as a character moment of awesome; Simon could have just drilled into the ground like a coward when Lagann was thrown, but he stuck to Kamina's plan and helped him secure a victory.
  • Anytime Simon and Kamina combine into Gurren Lagann is a Moment of Awesome in itself, but the sequence usually includes a bonus moment for Kamina: combining involves a massive drill bit breaking into Gurren's cockpit, inches from Kamina's head, and he never even flinches.
  • When Simon and Kamina snatch Thymilph's Dai-Ganzan, now the Dai-Gurren. Followed by Thymilph's epic-level pwnage at the receiving end of the series' first Giga Drill Break.
    • The Lazengann was able to catch a Giga Drill Break with its teeth!
  • Then comes Kamina's death. You could feel his soul ascending into godhood as he said "Later, buddy".
    • Even in his dying breath, after getting sliced and stabbed by Thymilph's mecha, Kamina mustered up all his life and strength to deliver his final blow to the enemy. Now that's what you call a blaze of glory.
    • Of course, after you think he's dead already, and then he pushes himself up with the fairly nonchalant "Can't a guy get some sleep around here?" Before yet another Bright Slap and the best Hot-Blooded Duet-speech with Simon before they get to the ass-kickin' makes rooms, homes and entertainment centers erupt with cheers, then get stunned to shocked silence when you see the light pencil drawing and hear Simon's whimpering "...Bro?"
    • So does the anime. When we see the computer schematic showing Lagann's drill boring down into Gurren's cockpit during this scene, the stick figure representing Kamina is black, not orange like it normally is.
    • All this basically means that Kamina revived himself just long enough to avenge his own death. Not bad for a guy lacking in Spiral power!
    • Reenacted in Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-hen.

Episode 9-15

  • Simon getting over his Angst due to Kamina's death just in time to defeat Guame.
    • When this happened, everyone on Team Dai-Gurren was awestruck by Simon's return, but Leeron was smiling smugly the whole time, as if to say "It's about time." This is accompanied by a Giga Drill Break that tops the previous one's scope. See this for yourself here.
    • Exceeded by the movie's take on the scene, which has Simon almost growling out some of the words. His voice acting while calling out the Giga Drill Break was also greatly improved from what it was in the TV series.
    • In the anime, Team Dai-Gurren is imprisoned. They all vow to dig their way out of their cell through the surrounding bedrock walls, even with no tools in their possession. But the problem is it's bedrock, and they all fail to make any progress. While they're all complaining, slowly but surely, everyone turns around. They're caught off guard by Simon, who is silently and steadily carving out a hole in the bedrock wall with just his tiny core drill. Everyone else had resigned themselves to giving up on Simon during his Heroic BSoD following Kamina's death. Yoko realizes that Kamina wasn't kidding when he said how Simon was the one who always helped and even inspired him. For good measure, the Lagann meets Simon in the hole that he dug.
    • It's also a Meta example for Simon. For a lot of the show's runtime up to that point, anyone who has seen Neon Genesis Evangelion would assume he's nothing more than a possibly inferior version of Shinji, having less reason to be as he is than his predecessor. However, when Shinji went through a similar bout of depression with very nasty results. Simon could have very well broken down like he did. Instead, he did the one thing Shinji never could and cemented himself not only as his own character but as Shinji's superior: grow.
    • Guame gets one in that scene for somehow dodging the Giga Drill Breaker even while almost completely immobilized due to how his gunmen reads pilot input.
  • Nia running straight onto the Dai-Gurren's deck and ordering Adiane to cease her attack. The fact that Nia is a young girl with no weapons and Adiane is piloting a mecha that could crush her in an instant makes this confrontation noteworthy in its awesomeness. The former even gets the latter's attention by using a variation of the Arc Words of the series: "Are you aware of who I am!?"
  • Leeron's plan for attacking the Dai-Gunten, an enemy Airborne Aircraft Carrier, with the Dai-Gurren, a battleship with feet, by running up a mountain, jumping what must have been a decent fraction of a mile into the air, and then trying to kick it. It missed, but then turned it into a spinning back kick. For those who are unfamiliar, the Dai-Gurren, at this point in the story, is a large land battleship Gunmen that cannot fly. It just leapt to an altitude where the fall would almost certainly destroy it, just to attack another ship. They just did a swallow kick with a robot the size of a large naval warship. This feat is topped later by using a now flight-capable Dai-Gurren to stab the Dai-Gunten with its pointed bow, which also took out one of the Four Generals at the same time, which is also incredibly satisfying due to said General's Oh, Crap! of epic proportions.
  • Before that is the part where Cytomander is wondering how one pathetic Gunmen could stand up to his entire fleet after Team Dai-Gurren's forces were split to deal with ground assaults. Simon just calmly charges up his Spiral Energy, creating mini-drill missiles, enough to destroy all the grunts in the air that were currently dispatched. The look on the birdman's face cracks straight into an unhinged grin, then he cackles in total insanity. The fact that Simon was able to break his pompous attitude in such an awesome way just cements the fact that Simon is now secure with who he is and he wouldn't have it any other way.
  • The entire fight between Simon and Lordgenome can be considered a Lensman Arms Race in badassery.
    • Every time Simon uses Heroic Resolve to get the upper hand, Lordgenome promptly smacks him down again only for Simon to get back up again, more determined than before. The whole thing culminates in Lordgenome beating up Lagann bare-handed, with flames of Spiral Power coming out of his head, followed by Simon using his Core Drill to drill a hole through Lordgenome's chest.
    • Lordgenome shrugging off a "Giga Drill Break" like it was nothing. But a little bit later he gets one-upped by Simon and Nia's combined attack.
      • The speech leading up to that part is pretty damn awesome as well. After Lordgenome tells Simon he has no chance of winning, Simon delivers a Shut Up, Hannibal! that pretty much sums up his character development up to this point in the series, all as the opening of the song "To Hell With Gattai!" plays.
        Simon: QUIT YOUR STUPID YAMMERING! I'm not gonna lose! Nia, Yoko, Rossiu, Ron, Kittan, Dayakka- every member of Team Dai-Gurren believes in me! The me that my bro believed in... the me that I believe in... isn't ever gonna lose to the LIKES OF YOU!!!
    • Every time we see Lordgenome in Lazengann, he has his arms crossed. He pilots his giant robot without using his hands.
    • After Simon has attempted to take the Lazengann with a Lagann Impact, Lordgenome gets out of Lazengann, saunters down the vertical surface of its face, and punches the Lagann off.
    • After the battle, Simon and Nia return victorious, with "Sorairo Days" playing in the background, the two of them look down at Team Dai-Gurren cheer for them, and then they look at the sunrise. And on the screen it says:
      The Battle of Teppelin, Day 7
      Teppelin Castle, the Spiral King's Capital: Fallen.

Episode 17-21

  • Rossiu gets one with just one sentence:
    Rossiu: Open your eyes, Lordgenome!
  • Simon unleashes the Giga Drill Maximum.
  • In Episode 20, Kittan, channeling the awesome power of Kamina, picks a fight with a Mugann, on foot, with only a shotgun.
    • And after that, Makken and Leite's Big Damn Heroes moment. Kittan is about to get blasted by that Mugann when suddenly Makken jumps in front of him... with his gunman! He easily shrugs the attack off and destroys the Mugann just as easily with two missiles, high in the air, to avoid civilian casualties. Cut to Dayakka in his truck, who was forced by Kittan to get the people of the hospital to safety, seeing a HUGE truck approaching him. When he looks up to see who's behind the wheel, he sees Leite, casually grinning at him. The canvas covering the cargo of her truck gets blown off, revealing the gunmen that were destroyed but rebuilt in secret by Makken and Leite to be stronger than ever! After an episode in which everything was rapidly starting to go to hell, this marks the revival of the Dai-Gurren Brigade, further solidified by Kittan when he immediately uses his gunman to fly to the Arc-Gurren to ask the Core Drill back from Rossiu, because he isn't going to run away from the moon—he is going to fight it.
  • Yoko destroying two Ganmen in a matter of seconds with nothing but her trusty BFG and a small hover vehicle.
    Yoko: School's out. You failed.
  • Yoko's line when she makes her sudden reappearance.
    Yoko: So, I leave for a while, and you have to go and become a real boring bitch.note 
  • Episode 21: "That's easy. We'll stop the moon." This was said as if it was no big deal at all.
  • Simon and Viral's Big Damn Heroes moment when they first pilot the Gurren Lagann together into space.
    Simon & Viral: JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM!?!
    [Gurren Lagann unleashes a gargantuan wave of Spiral energy]
    [Anti-Spiral fleet is destroyed]
  • The formation of Arc Gurren Lagann, when it cuts to black, then snaps to Gurren Lagann slamming up into the cockpit with a stoic Badass Arm-Fold. It's an incredibly powerful scene, and it still would be even if it weren't succinctly demonstrating that this is a Humongous Mecha piloting a Humongous Mecha several times larger than itself.
  • Arc Gurren-Lagann Megaton Punching an enemy Mugann so hard it smashes a hole in the very fabric of space-time, into which the Mugann falls and promptly explodes.
  • Simon causes Nia to wake up back to her original self. She suddenly goes from preaching the Anti-Spiral's talk of absolute despair to "Are you coming for me?" with all of the reverb gone from her voice.
  • Simon teleports halfway through the world, rips the Gurren Lagann through a wall, ejects from his cockpit, slides across the ground for a good hundred feet, brings his hand back, and with a fantastic scream of "ROSSIU! CLENCH THOSE TEETH!" he slugs Rossiu right in the face. All at once he honors fallen brothers, puts The Scrappy of the series in his place with gusto, acknowledges Rossiu's basic decency and good intentions, and punches a man so hard the latter is lucky for being conscious after that hit. Most notably, Simon just spontaneously activated an age-old teleportation program that was onboard the Arc-Gurren without even knowing it existed, just because he wanted to save his friend. This entire scene was foreshadowed in the uncut version of episode 8: Yoko doing a Foe-Tossing Charge through the onsen-Gunmen just to punch Kamina in the face.
    • In the second movie, this honor goes from Simon to Kinon. She just silently enters Rossiu's room and gives him a hard smack, then tells him off as stated above.

Episode 23-27

  • Jorgun and Balinbow throw Gimmy and Darry's ruined Gualpearls back at the main ship, then turn and laugh manically as their Twin-Bouku mecha explodes, with such force an entire Anti-Spiral fleet dies with them.
    • In Lagann-Hen, they all survive.
    • In the midst of all this heroism, tech gal Leite is suddenly made aware of her husband Makken's death, him having sacrificed himself to save the ship and everyone onboard. She gives herself one moment to mourn, simply whispering "darling..." and then immediately goes back to work and does not stop working and doing her part for the entire battle. In what must have been an emotionally excruciating time for her, she held it together and continued her vital role as part of the team, and even assists in the Tengen Toppa battles despite never piloting before! Fortunately, Makken lives in the movie.
  • Boota proves that humans aren't the only ones who can use Spiral Energy.
  • Kittan pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to release everyone from the Ocean of Despair, by flying into the Death Spiral Machine in the Space King Kittan, being crushed under the ocean's pressure, then ejecting out in the tiny King Kittan and unleashing a massive Giga Drill Break on the Machine—something only Simon and Kamina had ever pulled off before. And then Kittan dies while laughing about how awesome the whole thing was. All set to the tune of "Libera Me From Hell".
  • In the construction of Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann, Simon's digging goggles spontaneously transform into Kamina's shades, then into star-shaped shades. Then, the moon-sized robot gets even cooler shades. Simon calls it a machine "that matches the Gods themselves" as it emerges from the Space Ocean in a blaze of Spiral Power. It then tears through the anti-spiral battleship's shield with one hand and rips its face off. It calmly shrugs off an insane attack barrage involving planets, of all things, which Simon responds to with "As if such a puny attack could stop me!" before wrenching off its sunglasses and using them to cut in half a planetary system-sized battleship. It is noted by Leeron that they were generating what was a proto-universe in the engine (that is how much Spiral energy was released when the Ocean of Despair was dissipated). It later unleashes a final attack against the Anti-Spiral by attacking every single point in time and space simultaneously. The only way the Anti-Spirals could even attack Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann was by manipulating probability, within the realm of God and first-order beings.
    • This scene has Attenborough actually reach the point of enough dakka. Later, Attenborough gives the Anti-Spiral King a taste of his own medicine by using probability altering missiles on him.
    • In a Meta sense, just as Simon's "My Bro Is Dead" speech exorcised the wangst demons of Evangelion from the Anime medium, the dub removed all stereotypes about bad dubbing. Both the writing of the dialogue in English and Yuri Lowenthal's absolutely impeccable Hot-Blooded and emotionally-charged voice acting made Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann one of the most referenced examples of Superlative Dubbing in English of Anime and Manga.
    • In the Movie, Simon - AND the Super Galaxy - are CRYING BLOOD.
  • Kamina coming back from the dead for the sole purpose of telling Simon how awesome he is, breaking him free of the Lotus-Eater Machine that captured him in the process, with Libera Me from Hell playing in the background.
    Kamina: What's wrong, Simon? Did you lose it? Your drill?
  • Yoko breaking out of her Lotus-Eater Machine on her own.
  • At the start of the final episode, As the Anti-Spiral is deleting Nia, suddenly her engagement ring starts flashing like a Core Drill. She closes her eyes and smiles for a second. Then she glares down at the Anti-Spiral, struggles, pulls her arm forward, and summons Gurren Lagann out of her ring. All of that while we get a quick close-up of the Anti-Spiral's face with the biggest Oh, Crap! expression ever plastered across it.
  • In the English dub, Yuri Lowenthal was able to accurately pronounce "Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann".
  • The entire final battle set in Anti-Spiral space, all set to Theme Music Powerup the show's opening theme music. Basically the two combatants are fighting on a galaxy as an arena. The Anti-Spiral starts attacking by throwing galaxies at our heroes.
    • Dayakka and Gabal start the fightback against the Anti-spiral just as its about to grab the Earth with a I'VE GOT THE BEST WIFE IN THE UNIVERSE...SWING! Triples as heartwarming and hilarious to boot, partially because his wife (and the entire Earth) hears it.
      • Everybody remembers the swing, but the line that immediately follows is…
      • He used the the Anti-Spiral's probability altering missiles against him! Attenborough FINALLY got his chance to be useful.
    • Simon's speech:
      "Mark my words - this drill will open a hole in the universe, and that hole will be a path for those behind us! The dreams of those who've fallen...the hopes of those who'll follow...those two sets of dreams weave together in a double helix drilling a path towards tomorrow! And that's Tengen Toppa! That's Gurren Lagann!! My drill is the drill THAT CREATES THE HEAVENS!"
      • As a side note, the Japanese words for "to pierce" (突くる) and "to create/to make" (作る) are homonyms (both are pronounced tsukuru). This is a Bilingual Bonus to note that all this time Simon has been boasting about piercing the heavens, he has also meant that he creates them as well, befitting the theme of the show.
  • Another line of Rossiu's, spoken as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is being pummeled by the force of a Big Bang (as in the primal explosion that created the universe) and he watches on from his balcony as the fate of the world hangs in the balance...
    Rossiu: It looks bad... but it'll take more than that to kill them. (Cue scene of the entire population of the Earth staring up defiantly into the final battle between the Dai Gurren-Dan and the Anti-Spirals as the opening theme plays)
  • Lordgenome taking on an entire big bang's worth of energy in an epic Heroic Sacrifice. "LAZENGANN... OOOVERLOAD!" He intentionally takes the full brunt of the attack, undergoing a "quantum breakdown", just so that he can become one with the energy, infecting it and turning it to their side.
    • His last words to Nia:
      "Do not grieve for me, daughter! My soul which once drowned in a sea of despair and languor has been reawakened! And if the sacrifice of this body can ensure a future for all spiral races then SO BE IT!"
    • And turning that Big Bang into a galaxy sized drill, and then feeding that drill to the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, giving it a powerup equal to all the energy the Anti-Spiral just threw. A powerup so huge that it causes the spiral-power meter to climb from nothing and continue to increase out into empty space.
  • Yoko's sniping feat. Ignoring scale and speed issues, the fact Yoko was able to snipe a relatively small target on an actively-attacking opponent, and while under heavy enemy fire, is a testament to her signature ability, which played a big part in this final battle.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a mech the size of a large galaxy, and it's being piloted by a mech the size of a planet piloted by a mech the size of a city piloted by a mech the size of a building piloted by a guy who created all these mechs from the energy produced by how awesome he is. Just that concept is difficult to grasp if one looks past all of what led to this point in the series.
  • Recall that Lordgenome's eyes are spirals. Lordgenome was also implied to have reached his max of Spiral Power (it had stopped growing at a certain point before the rise of team Dai-Gurren). If these are related, recall that at the end of the epilogue, only one of Simon's eyes have become spiral shaped, implying that he's only at HALF power while still being that old!

The Movie

Gurren-hen
  • With Lagann having failed him, Simon climbs up Cytomander's Ganmen using only his core drill, his tunneling drill from back in Giha and his own brute strength. Doubles as heartwarming, since he's doing it to rescue Nia, who is refuses to stop believing in Simon despite being told that all her hope is completely worthless. Also, the whole thing is shown side-by-side with Yoko remembering Kamina's story illustrating how he secretly relied on Simon any time he was in a tight spot. Cue Manly Tears.
  • Once again from the movie: Adiane v. Yoko. On foot!
  • In the climax of the first movie, the Four General's battleships combine into Doten-Kaizan. Let's take stock; a walking battleship, a mobile fortress, a flying aircraft carrier, and a centipede-like submarine, all combining into a gigantic battleship that Viral says has "no blind spot from any direction". Team Gurren reply by channelling all their power into Simon and Rossiu's Giga Drill Breaker, which completely obliterates Doten-Kaizan in seconds.

Lagann-hen

  • After Nia is dragged back to the Antispiral's home world in Lagann-Hen, Simon goes from being a cute guy to a man dripping with testosterone in less than a minute. Less than a minute. This must be the moment that forever transformed Simon into Garlock/Starlock.
  • Arc Gurren Lagann confronts Cathedral Lazengann (which is basically Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann minus Cool Shades and under the Anti-Spirals), and giga drills through its arm and into its core, while stopping a punch. While Arc GL is large, the arm it drilled through was the size of New Zealand, and throwing a punch.
  • Cathedral Lazengann. First the Lordgenome Head gets that shock like he did in the anime, but instead of just laying there, we see the whole area go wire frame then "HACKING!" A wire frame of Lordgenome begins running through what seems to be wireless connections, smashing effortlessly through numerous firewalls until he reaches the Catherdral Terra cyber space. He runs into a room off to the side and tries to open a box with a green key; when that doesn't work, he smashes the box on the ground; when THAT doesn't work, he smashes his head against it, breaking it open. And then he eats the data inside!
    • What makes this particularly interesting and hilarious is that until that point biocomputer Lordgenome had not exhibited any tendency towards hamminess, in fact he was not even supposed to have his original personality. And as soon as he's done with the hacking he goes right back to cool and collected. Why his personality does such a total 180 when hacking is anyone's guess, but it foreshadows his eventual true return and redemption in the final battle.
    • Lordgenome. He will beat up your mechs with his bare hands, stop your Big Bang-powered Wave Motion Gun, and hack your computer by headbutting it digitally.
  • Grand Zamboa tearing Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann to pieces. Up until this point, the Tengen Toppa was an invincible, unstoppable, humongous robot that could take down anything. Not only does Grand Zamboa actually BEAT the Tengen Toppa, it repeatedly slugs it on the ground before crushing the body flat with its larger arms, then proceeds to homage another Gainax series, and literally begins to go to work on the Tengen Toppa with its hands, ripping it limb from limb, tearing it apart with a brutality only matched by Evangelion Unit 01 in mecha. It ends the entire event by lifting the broken husk of humanity's savior, AND QUARTERING IT. The Anti-Spiral King was PISSED. And this was all achieved by revealing Nia's ultimate fate should the Anti-Spiral be defeated, which caused Team Gurren to freeze up momentarily. That's right, The Anti-Spiral King caused a Heroic BSoD in the entirety of Team Gurren.
    • And then, when the Anti-Spiral picks up Tengen Toppa's head to finish it off, his attack is blocked by a drill coming out of it. After all, the head of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is...
    • Nia materializing her own mecha and proceeding to spear Grand Zamboa.
    • Team Gurren all materialising Tengen Toppa versions of their own gunmen, including:
      • Viral's Enkidulga, with 14 arms, all catching the Anti-Spiral's spears and saving Nia's mech. Do remember, this was achieved by a being who cannot use spiral power whatsoever. That makes it double the awesome for Viral.
      • Yoko's which contains huge galaxy scaled sniper rifles (and Breast Missiles. With teeth). Note the plural.
      • Balinbow and Jorgun then proceed to catch the freaking galaxy shuriken with their mech, and crush them with their fists.
      • A galaxy sized version of the Dai-Gurren battleship rising out of space on a wave of cosmic proportions, carrying a Team Dai-Gurren flag made of fire. The Granzeboma's face has a very fitting WTF expression as it happens. Topped by zapping the Anti-Spiral with his own probability-altering missiles and finally throwing the Granzeboma with the MY WIFE IS BEST IN THE UNIVERSE SWIIIIINGGGGG.
      • Not being awesome enough just being a galaxy sized version of the Dai-Gurren, the Tengen Toppa Dai-Gurren also has the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann Cruiser form as it's bow.
    • When everyone has finished summoning their mecha, they gather for a Ass-Kicking Pose. The amount of awesomeness contained in that scene is so high, a volcano spontaneously erupts as a homage to Kamina's final combination with Gurren Lagann in episode 8. In space. Larger than a galaxy. They materialised a volcano galaxy in space and blew it up just to show off their awesome, without even thinking about it.
    • And then the angered Anti-Spiral King gets one right after when he furiously rips through their flag to inform our heroes that he's NOT going out without a fight, The Grand Zamboa then grabs two nearby galaxies and slams them together, creating a blast with the power of the Big Bang, causing entire clusters of galaxies to be born from the impact.
      Anti-Spiral King: 'BURN IN THE EVERLASTING HELLFIRE OF CREATION! BE UTTERLY ANNIHILATED, DOWN TO THE VERY LAST SCRAP OF DNA!
    • Compared to every member of the Dai-Gurren who each created their very own Tengen Toppa mecha, Lordgenome simply decides that while the ability to create anything is convenient and cool, he simply doesn't need that. All he really needs is his own trusty Lazengann to STOP THE BIG BANG ITSELF. He actually starts off by personally walking into the middle of the big bang before summoning his personal unit, buckass naked the whole time while the rest of the Dai Gurren-dan have their own galaxy-sized mechs! Remember: This isn't a Tengen Toppa version of the Lazengann. Lordgenome summons his regular mech!
    • Lordgenome's pronunciation of the Lazengann overload is made even more awesome in the movie. Rather than a simple "LAZENGANN...OVERLOAD" from the anime, we get "LAZENGANN...OVERLOOOAAARAAAADAAA!.
    • Like with the original anime, he converts the Big Bang Storm into a giant Drill with his head on the tip, and feeds it to Tengen Toppa Lagann (NOT Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but Lagann itself), which then proceeds to overload and impale all the other members of the Team Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren with an overload of Spiral Energy, and hence forming...
    • Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Which looks like a huge Kamina on fire, and is so huge the galaxies themselves look like dots at this point. Word of God confirms that it really is Kamina resurrected in God form. You can imagine the man himself yelling WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM?!? at the Anti-Spiral, whose mech is now smaller than his foot. The energy overload is so far beyond the impossible we get to see what can only be described as Super Saiyan Simon.
      • While being bathed in the Spiral Energy surge from the above moment, Simon elevates himself beyond Kamina's level by quoting the man himself from way back in Episode 3:
        Simon: It's time to do the old 'you-know-what'!
        Entire Dai-Gurren-dan: The "what"?
        Simon: What else? COMBINE!
      • The Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a comparison shot as soon as it's formed. Its foot dwarfs the Grand Zamboa, which was equal to the Tengen Toppa. Of course, the Anti-Spiral King doesn't stand for this and effortlessly powers up the Grand Zamboa in a second to match the Super Tengen Toppa. To reiterate, the Dai-Gurren-Dan went through all of that to get the Super Tengen Toppa and the Anti-Spiral had equivalent power accessible without going out of its way!
      • Even the sequence deserves a Moment of Awesome. It took not one, not two, but THREE scenes in three different angles to convey the awesomeness of Super Tengen Toppa's summoning.
    • Giga Drill Break O War. Seriously. They did not one, but TWO, Giga Drill Breaks, with mechs that dwarf galaxies, and drills that dwarf the mechs. The contest is so powerful that it apparently destroys the pocket universe they were in by sucking the entire contents of the universe into the center contact point. One cannot help but engage in Manly Screaming while watching them. Behold! And the sucked in universe? It forms the shape of the infinity symbol. Infinite Awesome.
    • Following that, the Anti-Spiral starts winning. First, the Super Tengen Toppa breaks apart, with Tengen Toppa replacing it. Then, Super Galaxy replaces Tengen Toppa, and followed by it is Arc-Gurren Lagann. When Arc-Gurren Lagann's head breaks apart, it reveals Gurren Lagann, standing there and waiting patiently for its turn to kick some Anti-Spiral butt.
      • The stand-off between the drills from the Grand Zamboa and Gurren Lagann. Gurren Lagann matches the force of Grand Zamboa's Giga Drill Break, and holds out aganst it. And then proceeds to SHATTER IT. Let's reiterate. Something the size of a building, countered a Giga Drill Break something TWO MILLION TIMES LARGER THAN THE OBSERVABLE UNIVERSE. And broke it. Mere words are insufficient to describe how much awesome that contains.
      • Not that unusual for this series, really; both of the Big Bad fights (Lordgenome and the Anti-Spiral) gradually decrease in scale towards the end. Presumably it's for the same reason that Simon's drills are cone-shaped: it focuses all that power down to one tiny point.
    • One that may go unnoticed in the final battle with the Anti-Spiral unless you look for it. As Viral gets a closeup just before he detaches Lagann, his uniform is in rags. Either he was dodging the Anti-Spiral's drills during his part of the assault, or he's been tanking them without skipping a beat in anything he does. It's hard to tell which one is more amazing. And lets not forget that he chucks the Lagann across the entire freakin' universe to hit a target the size of a man!!
    • How it all ends. After being launched at the Anti-Spiral King by Lagann, Simon proceeds to engage the Anti-Spiral in a fist fight, ending in him forming a core drill roughly the size of his head using nothing but his own blood mist hanging in the air. And finishing the ASK in a Single-Stroke Battle. My friends, you have not lived till you have seen this movie. That is all.
  • Simon just generate enough Spiral Power to make Lagann sentient.
  • You'll notice that most of the posts before this one were in chronological order. In fact, it's really more of a complete summary. If you read all of them, you now know the entire movie. That's right, the movie doesn't go any significant amount of time without a Moment of Awesome.

The Manga

  • While the manga adaptation is known for being a great read, there is one wholly original moment that must be mentioned. In the fight against Guame, Simon is fighting the Gember with Lagann alone, as the Gurren and the other Team Dai-Gurren Gunmen have been stolen. In comes Yoko, though, having jacked the Dayakkaiser, firing off shots to aid Simon. But Guame destroys the mech's barrel, so what does Yoko do? Why, she takes a cue from Kamina himself, telling Simon they're going to do "that thing" and then jamming Lagann into the top of the Dayakkaiser, reciting her own hotblooded speech as the two combine into DAYAKKAISER LAGANN. And then she uses its massive cannon to fire off a GIGA DRILL BUSTER!!! And this is why we should all read comics.
    • Not the Dayakkaiser. The Yoko W Tank.
    • The speech goes like this:
      Yoko: With thoughts of a man gone in my heart, I knowingly took on this impossible fight. A woman's got her pride. With a maiden's prayers and rage, I'll blast you away along with your cheap trap, so prepare yourself!
      Yoko: Here we go Simon!!
      Simon: O-okay!!
  • The manga's scenes leading up to Kamina's final battle. Kamina and Yoko stands, looking out on the battlefield while talking, and Kamina spontaneously makes a volcano erupt. After that, he just casually says that a battlefield for a great battle has to look awesome.
  • The manga adaptation takes the anime and makes it even more awesome. For example, the Giga Drill Break is 11 pages long.
  • The events leading up to Kamina's Giga Drill Breaker. In the manga, when Lagann uses Gurren Boomerang (throws Gurren's sunglasses), the shades align themselves to hit 5 Gunmen surrounding the Gurren and cut them all in half. In the anime, the shades hit 2 Gunmen jumping at Gurren from behind, followed by Gurren-Lagann creating 12 excessively long drills to stab 12 Gunmen jumping at it. causing them all to explode.
    • Of course, the dialogue leading up to this was pretty epic too.
      Kamina: LET'S SEE YOU GRIT THOSE TEETH!
      Simon: Bro ... You're alive.
      Yoko: Kamina!
      Kamina: Simon! Just who the hell do you think you are? Isn't your drill the drill that will pierce the Heavens, the Earth and through to tomorrow? What's taking you so long? YOU'VE WON! THIS GIANT MUG IS YOURS! Don't be so insecure.
      Simon: Okay. [takes control of the Dai-Gunzan] IT'S OKAY, EVERYONE! THE DAI-GUNZAN IS OUR NOW! COME ABOARD!
      Thymilph: You filthy naked apes. That Dai-Gunzan was a gift from the Spiral King himself. I'd rather destroy it than let it fall into your hands!
      Kittan: You bastard!
      Kamina: An old codger of a beast who doesn't know when to quit... Simon... Come here. Let's finish this in one go.
      Simon: Bro...
      Kamina: Combine ... Our final move. FOR THE LAST TIME, LET'S FIGHT TOGETHER AS GURREN-LAGANN!
      Kamina: Whether it's impossible or laughable, great men open up paths of battle!
      Simon: If there's a wall, we smash it down. If there's no path, we'll make one with these hands!
      Kamina and Simon: THE MAGMA OF OUR SOULS BURNS WITH A MIGHTY FLAME!
      Kamina: KYOUDAI GATTAI! GURREN-LAGANN! (Everlasting Combining; literally, Brotherly Combination)
      Simon: Me.
      Kamina: US!
      Kamina and Simon: JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE—-?!

Other

  • Gurren Lagann casts were introduced in an exclusive live event. There's Tetsuya Kakihara (Simon), Marina Inoue (Yoko), Yukari Fukui (Nia), Nobuyuki Hiyama (Viral), Mitsuki Saiga (Rossiu), Rina Sato (Kiyoh), Kana Ueda (Kinon), and Kana Asumi (Kiyal). Kissho Taniyama (Kittan) wasn't going to make an appearance due to some stuff. Anyways, MC announced that Kamina-sama himself wasn't going to appear today and the crowd boos. AND THEN HE APPEARS!!! The crowd goes off!
    • That pretty much cements how most of the fans appreciate Kamina more than the main guy himself, Simon...
      • It was love from the moment he challenged a giant mecha with nothing but a katana. Not even a SHIRT, just pants and tattoos. Up until that, he was just some hilarious guy wearing sunglasses underground.
  • Parallel Works 8 is an origin story for Lordgenome in his younger days as he led his people against the Anti-Spirals. Then the Anti-Spiral King breaks him with visions of the Spiral Nemesis, leading to him going One-Man Army against his fellow Ganmen pilots. The climax of the video shows him merging his Lazengann into his flagship, forming the Cathedral Terra Lazengann, his version of the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann. With it, he decimates his entire fleet, and begins his reign over his homeworld.
  • In this live dubbing, Nobuyuki Hiyama (Viral) and Fukui Yukari (Nia) are re-doing the fight between Simon and Guame(note: Nobuyuki-san cannot do a kid's voice). It's pretty funny, right up until the part where Simon does the Giga Drill Break: Nobuyuki goes into full Guy Shishioh Hot-Blooded mode, and the crowd just goes off. Just shows that whenever a Giga Drill Breaker is concerned, hotblooded-ness will follow suit. It was so awesome Yukari Fukui's eyes went wide open for that one whole second.
  • Parallel Works Six: Double Giga Drill Break.
  • It's brief, but Kyle Hebert managed to be in the same room as Katsuyuki Konishi during AX 2010 where they both managed to say Kamina's catchphrase in their respective language.
  • Parallel Works 15: Gunmen Symphonia. Lagann combines with EVERYTHING. It must be seen to be believed.
  • While it never gets played in the show, this particular version of the opening is even more awesome than the original. Yes, it sounds like hypocrisy, but this is done by Masaaki Endoh, so it's automatically Awesome Music. Just listen to it here.
  • The fact that both the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Super Granboza hold the fourth and third in all of fiction, beaten only by forms of Elder God Demonbane and Liber Legius, machines made to kill Eldritch Gods. And since that's a visual novel, they hold the title of single biggest mechas in all of anime.
  • A meta version but the show's Decon-Recon Switch status, effectively embodying every Gainax mecha anime before it (i.e. GunBuster , Neon Genesis Evangelion and FLCL ). With the advent of both Studio Trigger and Studio Khara only a few years away, this anime was basically Gainax's Dying Moment of Awesome. And looking at how long this page, it was a grand one.
  • How to succinctly summarize the emotions invoked by the entire anime in under 4 minutes, using nothing but edits of the Gaijin 4koma.

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